Allison and Isaac both grew up in the Gorge — Allison’s father is a fourth-generation wheat farmer in The Dalles — and they wanted to get married at a venue that was close to family and friends. They wanted to meld country and farm elements with a classic and elegant setting, and The Dalles Country Club proved to be the perfect venue.
All images by GORGE-US PHOTOGRAPHY, JENNIFER GULIZIA and JIM SEMLOR gorge-usphoto.com ©2017
Wedding venue: The Dalles Country Club
Where they live: Canandaigua, NY
Occupations: Allison is a substitute teacher; Isaac is in residency to become a medical physicist
How they met: They’ve known each other since 8th grade, but didn’t start talking until they were juniors in college. “We were both really shy and were way too nervous to talk to each other,” Allison said. Through mutual friends, they began hanging out together while they were home from college for Christmas break. “That’s how it all started!” she said.
How they got engaged: Isaac proposed at the Japanese
Garden in Portland. “It was a beautiful sunny day and I was completely surprised!” Allison said.
Number of guests: 250
Favorite details: It’s hard to pick a favorite because “it was all so amazing,” said Allison. “From getting ready with my bridesmaids, the first look, ceremony, seeing friends and family, and dancing — I had the most perfect day.”
Unexpected moment: The feeling of comfort as soon as the ceremony started. “The nerves started to go away and it felt as if we were the only people there,” Allison said.
Advice for other couples: “Don’t expect everything to go exactly as planned because there will be things that don’t turn out as you may have thought,” Allison said. “The most important thing is getting married and most likely you won’t even notice if a few things are off.”
The day, in a sentence: “It was absolutely amazing and better than I could have ever imagined,” Allison said.
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Wedding Planner: Shae Kasinger (The Dalles)
Ceremony & reception: The Dalles Country Club (thedallescountryclub.com)
Music: DJ Randy Haines
Catering: The Dalles Country Club
Photography: Gorge-Us Photography — Jennifer Gulizia and Jim Semlor (gorge-usphoto.com)
Hair/Make-up: Shear Bliss (make-up) and Christine
Brandt (hair) (shearblisssalonhr.com)
Flowers: Jamie Crouse
Cake & Cake Pops: Lorri Collins and Jessica Cry